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#1 of 13 Old 07-30-2007, 09:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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It's hot and steamy around here. We're trying to make meals that require no cooking so we don't heat up our kitchen.

We've done lots of salads, some fruit and yogurt, plates of meat and cheese and bread.

I need more ideas! I love to grill, but it takes it out of me when it's so hot.

Got any good ones?

thanks!
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What meats and cheeses do you choose? How about trying Gazpacho? I also sometimes cook in the early morning before my a/c has to start working hard. We love to eat burritos - rice, corn, cheese, peppers, beans - not too hot and you could eat it all cold if you wanted. Also cheap.
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What about hummus or maybe a quacamole salad? Pasta salads are favorites here, but you would have to cook the pasta.
Here is a link I have in my favorites for no-cook meals, maybe you'll find some ideas here:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/et_s...729419,00.html

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tomato sandwiches... bread, tomato, lettuce/spinach, mushrooms, red onion....yum!
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I just started a meal planning blog to try to get my cooking and eating back on track (been eating way too much convenience food lately.)

I just posted my favorite hot day salad recipe, Greek Quinoa Salad a few days back on my blog. Scroll down the page a bit, or just click on the "salad" link, I only have a few recipes up so far, so it's not hard to find.

I'm totally desperate for some good, no cook recipes right now. I live on the 5th floor with no air conditioning. We had hot dogs for supper, yuck!
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I like to use the crock pot during the summer. Even though I am serving hot food I enjoy not being in the kitchen with a hot stove. I make london broil, shredded meat or chicken for tacos or anything really, chili, etc. My kitchen gets so hot and is so far from any air conditioning (and rightfully so) that I can't stand to be in there too long.

I'd be up for not only a no cooking recipe but a no prepping in the kitchen recipe. Like something I can buy and bring straight to the dining room table to be prepared on our plates!
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We do crockpot meals and put the crockpot out on the deck. Then it doesn't heat the kitchen.
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For lunch today we had:

sliced ham, cold
breadsticks
salad: one apple diced, 1 1/2 stalks of celery diced, one Tbsp honey, one Tbsp white wine vinegar, one Tbsp good olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, chopped walnuts (can add diced cheese but we were out)

It was delicious! I love eating simple things like this when it's hot out.
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I love tomato salads - chop tomatoes and mix with basil, cubed cheese olive oil, salt, pepper garlic.

Also, if you can cook a legume like lentils some evening when it has cooled down, you can add them to any salad for good protien.
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I love tomato salads - chop tomatoes and mix with basil, cubed cheese olive oil, salt, pepper garlic.

Also, if you can cook a legume like lentils some evening when it has cooled down, you can add them to any salad for good protien.
Good idea! I don't like lentils but I do like other beans and my midwife has been reminding me to up the beans especially chick peas for iron.
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I've become a huge fan of this recipe:

Mexican Ceviche

1 lb halibut fillets or sea bass fillets or red snapper fillets (or use a mixture of fish and shrimp)
5-6 limes (Enough Juice to cover fish)
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1 green pepper, sweet, chopped
4 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (or more to suit your taste)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 dash Tabasco sauce
lettuce leaves (to line serving bowls)
avocados (optional)
black olives, sliced (for garnish) (optional)



1. Dice the fish (approximately 1/2 inch dice if using shrimp use cleaned shrimp).
2. Marinate fish in the lime juice in the fridge overnight (this step cooks the fish).
3. Stir often.
4. Pour off most of the Lime juice (Just leave it moist).
5. Add remaining ingredients except lettuce, Avacado and olive. Do this preferably a few hours before serving & refrigerate.
6. Toss well and arrange in individual serving bowls that are lined with the lettuce leaves.
7. If you wish garnish with Sliced Avacado and sliced black Olives.


Really you could do a number of things depending upon the fresh ingredients you have on hand. . .
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